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Fernando Alonso begins recovery following bicycle accident

 Fernando Alonso begins recovery following bicycle accident
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  • The major test before the Formula 1 driver can return will be whether the newly designed helmet for the year will cause any pain or discomfort

Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso is facing a race against the clock to be ready for the testing stage of the Bahrain Grand Prix in mid-March after he spent two days in hospital in Bern (Switzerland) after being involved in an accident on his bicycle in Lugano last Thursday.

Alonso had to be rushed to hospital after he was run over by a car while he was out cycling. He underwent specialist treatment for a fractured jaw. The Spaniard returned home on Monday where he started his recovery.

The Alpine driver has been involved in the development of the French team's new car, the A521, and had been expected to give his input ahead of the new season. The new engine was tested for the very first time just a day before the accident.

The major test before Alonso can return will be whether the newly designed helmet for the year will cause any pain or discomfort.